By: Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information Director
CHADRON, Neb. -- May 4, 2020 -- Chadron State College Head Softball Coach Kaley Ness gave three names on Monday of the softball players who would be reporting in the fall, comprising the incoming class of 2020.
One is pitcher Caitlin Lotspeich, a sophomore transfer from Feather River Community College in California. As a freshman in 2019, she was named Second Team all-conference, with a 3.18 earned runs average, a record of 9-6, and 73 strikeouts. Lotspeich was a four-time all-conference honoree and 2017 all-state honorable mention athlete in high school at Mazama High in Klamath, Oregon. She will join CSC as a sophomore, as California community college student-athletes are not being charged with a season of participation for the spring 2020 sport season.
Next is Jessie Henchenski, an infielder from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she played third base. She is another four-time all-conference player who led both her high school and competitive teams in batting average and on-base percentage. Last fall, Henchenski hit .417 with an OBP of .481 for Poudre High, raking in a team-high 23 runs batted in.
Finally, Samantha Conradie is the latest addition to the roster. She is a 2019 all-state participant from Legacy High in Broomfield, Colorado, where she helped her team to a regional tournament title and a trip to state. Conradie, a three-time all-conference selection with a .397 career batting average and only 15 strikeouts in 257 at-bats, figures in as a catcher or utility player at CSC.
In addition to the three, senior outfielder Ellie Owens confirmed she will return for an additional season, while two other players' decisions are pending.